The 10 Most Popular Belize Vacation Posts of All Time

Posted on Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

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For the past 9 months we have been blogging consistently on our Belize Travel Blog about different things like the top best foods to eat in Belize, the top best things to do in Belize and why you should visit Belize.

This morning we thought it’d be fun to take a look back to see which blog posts have received the most views so we compiled our top 10 most read articles.

Here they are:

1.) Come join us for Placencia Belize Lobsterfest 2014

The Placencia Lobsterfest is a grand celebration of the opening of the lobster season in Belize attracting thousands of local and international visitors. The event is organized by the Placencia BTIA and the Placencia Village Council and has long been a traditional mainstay of Placencia’s economy.

2.) 10 Exotic Dishes From Around Belize

This blog post highlights the top ten most delicious foods to eat in Belize.

3.) 25 Things You Need to Know Before You Travel to Placencia Belize

Located in southern Belize, Placencia has become a top beach destination in the Caribbean. Lonely Planet, the largest travel guide book publisher in the world describes this stunning Belizean paradise as follows: “How you wind up feeling about Placencia really depends on what you’re looking for. If it’s laid-back ambience, varied accommodations and some of the best restaurants in Southern Belize,  this beachfront paradise may well prove to be your personal Margaritaville.

4.) 7 Reasons to Travel to Belize this Summer

Summer is right around the corner and many travelers the world over have started to plan their summer getaway. With beautiful attractions like the great Blue Hole, Maya temple sites like Caracol and Xunantunich, sumptuous Belizean meals like tamales and rice and beans, and the upcoming Lobsterfest in Placencia, Belize is a great ecotourism destination to visit this summer.

5.) 7 Must do Activities in Placencia Belize

Apart from the perfect opportunity to enjoy Belizean culture first hand and mingle with the locals with white sandy beaches and laid back vibes, Placencia Village is also an ideal hub to explore Maya Temple Sites, eat amazing Belizean food, snorkel the turquoise Caribbean Sea and even swim with whale sharks. Chabil Mar is located just ¾ of a mile from the Village center and is the closest full service resort to the Village.

6.) 9 Delightfully Geeky Facts About Placencia Belize

Placencia was settled by the English Puritans who were originally from Nova Scotia in the 17th Century; however the settlement died out during the Central American wars of independence in the 1820’s.

7.) Watch Now: A Mesmerizing Video of a Belize Vacation

Alex Parillo recently visited Belize and created this amazing video that summarizes the things he did on his vacation. Watch now to find out the beautiful and mesmerizing things that awaits you in Belize.

8.) What It’s Really Like To Dive The Great Blue Hole

The Mysterious Belize Great Blue Hole is a large underwater hole off the coast of Belize. It lies near the center of Lighthouse Reef, a small atoll 100 kilometers (62 mi) from the mainland and Belize City. The hole is perfectly circular in shape, over 300 meters (1000 ft) across, 3140 feet circumference and 125 meters (410 ft) deep.

9.) 12 Incredible Belize Vacation Photos

Time for a Belize vacation? Might be wise to consider Belize, a country where almost everything is just visually stunning. Hopefully these 12 shots nudge you into checking out the ATM Cave, Belize Barrier Reef and Chabil Mar, the only guest exclusive resort in Placencia in a country where you will find new adventures around every corner.

10.) 13 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Belize

Belize is one of the last unspoiled places on earth that offers a vast array of natural attractions for the adventure traveler. The country is a fabulous destination for scuba diving, snorkeling, hiking, visiting ancient Maya cities, canoeing, zip lining, cave tubing and much more.

In things blog post, we are delighted to share with you 13 stunning and remarkable pictures of Belize.

For more information about the traveling to Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Stunning Wildlife Tweets Incredible Belize Jaguar Photo

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014

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With more than 160,000 followers on Twitter, Stunning Wildlife @SWildlifepics a popular Twitter account that tweets amazing photos of wildlife from around the world just tweeted an incredible photo of a Belize Jaguar.

“Belize Wildlife – Jaguar by Gemini,” were the exact words that were tweeted by Stunning Wildlife.

For those who do not know, the Belize Jaguars are the largest and most powerful cats in the Western Hemisphere and can be found throughout Belize in the lowland forests and along the coasts.

See also: 7 Breathtaking Places in Belize You Need to Visit

According to the Belize Zoo website, in a forest such as the Cockscomb Basin, a jaguar will roam over a territory of about 20 square kilometers.

“Jaguars hunt mainly on the ground and mainly at night. Its food consists of everything from mice to birds to tapir. Across it’s range in the Americas, the Jaguar has been known to hunt 87 species of prey, sometimes including tapirs and crocodiles! Its favorite prey items in Belize include armadillos, pacas, and peccaries. Unlike other wildcats, the Jaguars prefer to kill prey with a single bite to the skull; they posses the most powerful jaws of all the big cats,” reads the description of the Jaguar on the Belize Zoo website.

See also: 8 Hidden Gems around Belize You Need to Visit

Speaking about the Tweet, Larry France, Marketing Manager of Chabil Mar, the only Guest Exclusive Resort in Placencia Belize said that Social Media sites like Facebook and Twitter have become the perfect platforms to market Belize’s beautiful attractions and he was pleased to see a photo of a Jaguar tweeted by a popular social media account like Stunning Wildlife @SWildlifepics.

“Belize is also home to Cockscomb Basin Wildlife Sanctuary, the only Jaguar preserve in the world and a tour of this spectacular sanctuary can be booked at Chabil Mar,” said Larry France.

Note: Although the jaguar, the largest spotted cat in the world is what the reserve is famous for, you are unlikely to see one as the cat is nocturnal. However you will see its tracks along with tracks of tapir, deer, and other wildlife that inhabit the nature reserve.

For more information about the Belize Jaguar or traveling to Belize, feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

The Daily Beast “Bigs Up” Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave

Posted on Thursday, August 14th, 2014
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The American news reporting and opinion website, the Daily Beast just published a superb article on Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM Cave) – Belize’s most famous cave. The article entitled “The Cave Where Mayans Sacrified Humans Is Open for Visitors” is currently being featured as a great escape on the The Daily Beast website.

Nina Strochlic, the writer of the article describes the ATM Cave as follows:

It’s a journey even Indiana Jones would have to brace himself for: an hour-long rainforest hike, a swim across an ice-cold stream into the narrow mouth of a cave, and then a slippery descent into the dark, cavernous depths where bats, spiders, and ancient scorpion-like amblypygi lurk in the nooks. But, more than a thousand years ago, these creepy crawlies were practically friendly company compared to the cave’s human occupants, who used the remote location to carry out grisly, murderous rituals.

Today, brave adventurers willing to travel more than a mile underground in less than ideal conditions to reach Belize’s Actun Tunichil Muknal cave (ATM) will find many ancient treasures at the end of their journey.

Marketing Manager for Chabil Mar, Larry France said that the ATM Cave is one of the most spectacular caves in the world and he was excited to see that one of Belize’s top attractions is being recommended on a popular American website.

See also: 12 Reasons Belize Should Be The Next Country You Visit

Actun Tunichil Muknal or the ATM Cave as it is locally known is one of the most breathtaking caving experiences you will have in Belize. The cave is located in the karstic limestone terrain of Roaring Creek Valley in the Cayo District and is approximately 5 km long and contains a perennial stream that runs through it including a ledge with two stelae and a large chamber full of intact human remains and Maya pots.

Chabil Mar offers a potpourri of Jungle and Sea Belize Vacations that include the ATM Cave Tour.

For more information about Actun Tunichil Muknal Cave or traveling to Belize , feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

Belize Wins “Top 100 Readers Choice Awards” from Scubadiving.com

Posted on Monday, August 11th, 2014

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Scubadiving.com is one of the largest scuba diving websites on the Internet that it is loaded with authoritative content on where to scuba dive, what to wear on a scuba diving expedition, and the latest news on what is happening in the scuba diving industry.

The website also asks its readers every year to vote for the “Top 100 Readers Choice Awards”.

“Based on the opinions of thousands of divers from across the globe, our annual Top 100 Readers Choice Awards showcase the best scuba diving in the world. Presented by category and arranged by region, this list represents the top ­destinations for wreck diving, big animals, underwater photography and more from the most trusted source possible: you” reads the description of the Top 100 Readers Choice Awards on their website.

Last week the website conducted the nomination for the best scuba diving in the world and Belize earned a host of 2014 Top Readers Choice awards including top 5 nods for the Caribbean and Atlantic’s best overall destination, big animals, wall diving and underwater photography.

“You might think you’re diving in the Pacific: Belize has three of the Western Hemisphere’s four coral atolls and the second-longest barrier reef on the planet. Bowing only to Australia’s great one, the Mesoamerican Barrier Reef stretches for 700 miles along Central America’s western Caribbean coast. It’s protected as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is home to 500 species of fish and 65 stony corals. Gorgeous drop-offs lining the offshore atolls and cays are riddled with the dens of loggerhead turtles, green moray eels and a host of small stuff. And on the mainland, this tiny country packs enough big adventures to satisfy your inner explorer”, states the article entitled “Top 100: Belize”, and written by Brooke Morton.

At Chabil Mar, we have an assortment of scuba diving packages that will take you to the best scuba diving spots in Belize be either the great blue hole of Belize or Turneffe Atolls…explore our scuba diving expeditions below:

Scuba Diving Vacations – Placencia Belize

About Chabil Mar Dive Services:
Chabil Mar is a full service guest exclusive resort in Placencia Village, with private concierge services. We have partnered with the award winning scuba diving centers of Placencia Village to provide you with a bountiful combination of luxury accommodations, resort amenities and dive services. Read More

Dive Belize Blue Hole – 4 to 7 nights Belize Vacation Packages

Where Belize’s “Barefoot Luxury”, “Barefoot Perfect” and “The Perfect Dive” come together. These 4 to 5 dive-site packages are your opportunity to experience land, sea and culture, Belizean style. Read More

Dive Placencia – 4 Night Belize Vacation Package

This dive package is designed for the diver who wants to explore the near southern Belize cayes, just offshore from the traditional fishing Village of Placencia. Includes two 3-tank and one 2-tank dives. Read More

Belize Scuba Diving & Snorkeling Vacations

The pristine waters off the coast of Southern Belize are home to some of the best diving in the world. Chabil Mar has partnered with the award winning scuba diving centers of Placencia and created a host of dive packages designed to take advantage of all that Belize has to offer. From beginner to expert or add land tours to your vacation. We are pleased to bring you award winning service, quality and guided tour specialization. Read More

Whale Shark Diving in Belize

Placencia, Belize Whale Shark Diving – An annual world renowned event! Package include 3 Whale Shark dives, 2 world–class reef dives along the largest barrier reef in the western hemisphere, and 7 nights at the luxurious Chabil Mar Resort. Custom scuba diving packages are out specialty. For groups or singles. Read More

Dive Belize – Turneffe Atoll and Southern Belize Dive Sites

With approximately 60 logged dive sites on the Turneffe Atoll alone, diversity and flexibility describe Turneffe Flats diving. Add the southern Belize dive sites, from Placencia and Chabil Mar, to your log. At last official count there are a minimum of 20 named dive sites in the southern waters of Belize, including Gladden Spit, home to the whale sharks, the Placencia inner reef and Glovers Reef Atoll. Read More

For more information about scuba diving in Belize or Placencia,  feel free to chat with our Concierge at: concierge@chabilmarvillas.com or contact our Reservations Manager at: reservations@chabilmarvillas.com. Or perhaps you would like to call toll free from the US or Canada: 1-866-417-2377.

 

Skydiving the Great Blue Hole of Belize

Posted on Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Rated as one of the top attractions in Belize, the great blue hole is a stunning jewel set in a ring of corals that measures 1000 feet across and 412 feet deep.

It is believed to be the world’s largest blue hole and it is a rich habitat for a variety of marine life like nurse sharks, reef sharks, black tip sharks and even giant groupers.

Watch this video on how to skydive the great blue hole:

See also: Scuba Diving the Great Blue Hole